News and Events for Local Businesses - April 2019

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Plymouth business news

April 2019


  • Council Bids for Much Needed High Street Fund

  • Ultra-Fast Broadband Coming to Plymouth

  • Sutton Harbour Expands Marina Team with New Hire to Improve Services

Council Bids for Much Needed High Street Fund

High Street

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre.

The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. To find out more click here

Solar Panels for Council Buildings

Ballard House Solar panels

More Council-owned buildings look set to have solar panels installed as the city continues its drive to cut carbon and create clean renewable energy.

The Box, Ballard House, Prince Rock Depot and Chelson Meadow are the latest buildings to be earmarked for installations that could help the Council cut its carbon emissions by up to 200 tonnes a year. To find out more click here

Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth April 26th-28th


The University are organising the first ever Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth (April 26th-28th), with the support of EPIC, RIO and PSP! Themed on Health and Wellbeing this will see participants take part in a three day long business challenge that will result in groups pitching businesses to a panel of judges. The event is a pilot for the series of Startup Weekends which will be delivered through the iMayflower programme. There is a real opportunity here to build on the entrepreneurial talents of the area and develop a sustainable model for a really exciting and hopefully rich event. To find out more and to register click here

Ultra-Fast Broadband Coming to Plymouth


Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund.

The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will significantly extend access to full fibre networks making it easier and cheaper for businesses and homes to connect. To find out more click here

Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme Funding

Innovate Uk

The Future Leaders Fellowship can help fund your most talented innovators

Through the Future Leaders Fellowship scheme your business could:

• develop the leadership potential of an existing employee through a challenging innovation or research project
• access funding (up to £1.2m over 4 years) to cover salaries and critical operational costs
• with your contribution being as low as 30% of the total cost (dependent on size of business) To find out more and to register your interest click here

Lifting the Lid on Mental Health: Conference 15th May

Mental Health

The Plymouth Employment and Skills Board represents the City of Plymouth at a local, regional and national level regarding skills and employability including supply and demand of skills and how a healthy workforce contributes to productivity. 

At a recent Board meeting the topic of mental health in the workplace was debated in full and how important it is to acknowledge this, the need to recognise the issues faced and how to support our employers and workforces by raising awareness and reducing stigma attached to mental health. To find out more and to register your place click here

Sutton Harbour Expands Marina Team with New Hire to Improve Services

Sutton Harbour

Sutton Harbour Marina has created a new customer service position to help the marina team provide an even better service for berth holders and visiting guests.

Marlene Ransley has taken on the role of Marina Customer Service Assistant at the 5 Gold Anchor marina based in the heart of Plymouth.

The appointment ensures there is always a constant point of contact at Sutton Harbour Marina for berth holders, and will help the team to maintain an excellent level of customer service to meet the needs of visitors and berth holders. To find out more click here

Join the Fotonow CIC as a Non-Executive Director


Fotonow CIC seeking a Non-Executive Director to complement our existing board with financial, commercial or business experience.

Start date: 1st July 2019
Contract: Fixed Term for 2 years
Location: Plymouth
Salary: £2,000 Stipend per annum

Application Closing Date: Friday 17th May

To find out more click here

British Firework Championship Sponsorship 14 & 15 August 2019


The British Firework Championships held in Plymouth each year is the UK’s most spectacular fireworks display. Over two summer evenings, six professional pyrotechnic companies compete against one another with their dazzling displays to the delight of excited crowds on Plymouth Hoe. Over 100,000 families and adults attend from the local area, regionally and nationally over the 2 nights.

Sponsorship packages include: VIP Hospitality, Entertainment, Vehicle, Travel and Display partners.

For further information please contact

To help Your Business Prepare for EU Exit


We have a lot of useful information on our Invest Plymouth website to guide you in preparing for EU Exit. There is a helpful Government toolkit and latest publications. HMRC latest letter and sector factsheets.

We also have advice from the Growth Hub and EEF - The Manufacturers organisation.To find out more click here

Support for Scale-up Businesses


A wealth of fully funded (yes free!), specialist support is available to businesses in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with aspirations to become the ScaleUp businesses of tomorrow.

We have categorised this support by the main challenges facing ScaleUp and aspiring ScaleUp businesses. To find out more click here

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)


Attending overseas trade shows can promote your business overseas. Exporters can attend TAP's selected events, and get financial support to offset some costs. To find out more click here.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme


The voucher scheme has been changed from £3,000 to £2,500.

If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £2500 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure. Deadline: March 2021. Find out more click here.

Join Co-cars and Enjoy Great Value Car Hire by the Hour or Day!


Co-cars has a network of zero/low emission cars across the South West, all of which are bookable 24/7 using smartphone technology and can be hired by the hour or day for a fraction of the cost of owning or leasing.To find out more, click here

Business Relationship Programme

Whether you are just starting out, or an established business looking for practical business advice, we are offering free one hour business information, advice and guidance sessions for business owners looking to grow. To find out more and to book, please email


Please visit our Invest Plymouth website for some more exciting business news articles here.


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Business Events

To find out more about the exciting business events coming up soon click here

Funding Options

Find out more about all the funding options available to your business,click here

Business Awarsd

Winning one of these prestigious awards in front of your industry peers can be a major boost for your company's profile. To find out more, click here

Business Support

To make the process of finding appropriate support easier for businesses in the city, Plymouth City Council Economic Development Service produce and maintain two booklets focussed on helping start ups and existing businesses to find support locally available. Please click here for Existing businesses and click here for Start-ups.


Business help, advice and guidance in growing and exporting your business. To find out more, click here

Plymotion 325

Free Adult Cycle Training, cycle groups and Walk and Talk. Plymotion is working with companies to promote sustainable travel and encourage staff to be more active on their journey to work. Have a look at our web pages and our latest business newsletter which you can find here.

Plymouth City Council Property to Rent or Buy


Please follow this link to find Plymouth City Council owned land and property to rent or buy here.

Property to Rent

Property To Rent

Size:  984 sq ft, Rent £14,500 per annum term negotiable

Address:  34 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LD

To find out more, please email the agents:Stratton Creber Commercial Gavin Sagar 01752 907512